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Carolyn J. Pahl

October 16, 1943 — December 1, 2021

Carolyn Jane Pahl age 78, of Holgate, died Wednesday afternoon, December 1, 2021 at the Laurels of Defiance.

Her Legacy… Carolyn was born October 16, 1943 to Richard and Marie (Rohrs) Gerken in Napoleon.  She graduated from Ridgeville High School in 1961.On August 23, 1964, she married John “Jack” Pahl and he died in 2002.  Carolyn was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Defiance where she was in the ladies aid and was the church treasurer.  She was mainly a homemaker but she did work for Dunbar Machinery in Napoleon.  She did help with the farming.  Carolyn really enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her church family.

Her Family… Carolyn is survived by sons Jeff (Brenda) Pahl and James (Deanna) Pahl, both of Holgate; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Patricia Basselman, Archbold, brother, Morris Gerken, Holgate, daughter-in-law Patricia Pahl, Defiance and her special friend Charles Kruse, Defiance.  She was preceded in death by her husband and sons Robert and Kenneth.

Her Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Family Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate on Sunday from 3-7:00 pm and again one hour before the church service.  The celebration of Carolyn’s life will be on Monday, December 6, 2021 in St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Defiance with Reverend William Stottlemyer officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Contributions in Carolyn’s memory can be made to the St. Stephen Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, December 5, 2021

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Zachrich Funeral Home and Cremation Services

114 Williams Street, Holgate, OH 43527

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Celebration of Life

Monday, December 6, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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